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The Britney Advocate

I can't help myself from reading the latest installment in Britney's saga, which just gets increasingly depressing and weird.  Overall, I feel a great sadness for one very lost woman and the fate of her children.  The latest news about her "manager" stealing from her, controlling her with pills and pimping her to paparazzi is shocking and yet, I'm not sure how different Sam Lufti is from...

Hello.

Once upon a time, I was knee-deep in earnest pitches from young writers, galleys of new books on every topic that could potentially be tagged as "women's issues," and piles of red-ink-stained page proofs. Then I had a baby girl and two weeks later my other girls up and moved shop to Portland, Oregon. Suddenly bereft without my weekly infusions of pop trash courtesy of free subscriptions to...

File Under: Oh My Freaking God

"Do you suffer from embarassing dark or discolored intimate areas"...reads South Beach Skin Solutions pitch for their "Lightening Gel For Sensitive Areas." Teeth whitening products seem positively provincial next to this product for...ahem...assholes (sorry, there's just no delicate way to put that). Folks, "Don't be fooled by other products claiming to be for anal bleaching"...this is the...

True Confessions: The Millionaire Matchmaker - WTF Am I Watching This?

On this Bravo reality show, Patti Stanger, the President and CEO of "The Millionaire's Club" finds and matches stereotypically attractive women to rich dudes who can't seem to find a "decent" woman to have a relationship with. Basically, she's a pimp. She has rules about the couple not having sex until they are "committed", a sort of bizarrely puritanical twist that doesn't make it any less...

A very doggy weekend

 

Lots of dog news this weekend. First and most notable is the New York Times story and photo essay on the dogs rescued from Michael Vick's dogfighting operation last year, many of whom are now residing at the Best Friends Sanctuary in Utah. (The dogs at that sanctuary are the main focus of the piece, but it should also be noted that 10 of the dogs are in the care of awesome...

No No, NOW-NY!

Feminists are still reeling from the frankly insane press release issued last week by Marcia Pappas, president of the New York chapter of NOW. In it, Pappas addressed Senator Ted Kennedy's official statement of support for Barack Obama, caling it "the ultimate betrayal" of women, and chalking Kennedy's choice up to the fact that he "can't or won't handle the prospect of a woman president who...

I made up my mind

—I think.

No, I'm sure.

I came to this decision the night before last, after watching Obama's South Carolina victory speech on YouTube. (Thankfully it was before I read anything about Edwards dropping out—psychologically, I'm glad I made a choice among three and not between two, even though in practical terms the distinction is meaningless.)

It basically came down to a...

Listen & Love It: The Shondes

The Shondes are a Brooklyn-based band that remind me a bit of Sleater-Kinney with their strong female vocals and pro-lady rock n' roll attitude; but there's a twist. The band throws in violin and ethnic melodies, for an unusual punk-melodic-traditional combo that doesn't sound like anything else right now. More often than not, they are powerful and driving, though sometimes...

The primary's a week from tomorrow...

...and I still haven't made up my mind. The other day I was reduced to telling someone that I had thought about voting for Edwards, but now I was leaning toward Obama. Or Clinton. Or Obama. Or Clinton. Or maybe Edwards.

I've never been undecided this close to election day before.

Then again, I've never been making a choice that felt this important before, either—nor, with the...

Something of a dilemma...

When a supremely evil corporation takes some steps to mitigate or change its evil ways, does that change the fact that the corporation is evil? Can corporate responsibility ever be anything but a PR-motivated sham? Can we appreciate the actual changes for workers and the environment even as we remain skeptical and critical of the company's once and future practices?

That's what I'm...

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